Good Saturday to you, loyal app makers
Still, it’s good to know that there are support resources out there. We publish a broad set of documentation, from getting started to details of our API. And because we know that everyone learns in a different way, today we’re announcing something perfect for you kinaesthetic learners out there (and I include myself in that category).
Introducing the App Library
The App Library allows you to copy pre-existing Library (template) apps to your account, in order to build upon the features of those apps, or simply to take them apart to see how they work. The App Library is available now to all Spot Specific customers as a standard feature. It’s accessible via a button on the toolbar at the top of the interface. From there you can clone a Library app into your account, and treat it as if it were a normal app.
What else is useful about the App Library? Well, I’m glad you asked:
- Library apps don’t count against your storage quota unless you customise their assets. This means you can play around with them as much as you like without prejudicing your existing published apps.
- Library apps’ assets show up in your My Assets view. This means you can view the assets’ details as normal and use them in other applications. You can also clone these assets into your library to make them your own, and make specific (no pun intended) changes to them.
- Although they count against your total account app quota (which is normally a total of 3), they can be deleted at any time to make way for your own apps. They can also become your apps. By deleting and customising the bits you don’t like and changing the app’s title and other metadata, you can make them your own.
- This is just the start. We’ll be adding to the selection of Library apps with new software releases, and also between releases. So check back in the App Library for more additions on a regular basis.
Other changes in this release
We’ve made the usual round of improvements, bug fixes and feature requests in this release of Spot Specific. The highlights include:
- Improved navigation, including more ‘breadcrumbs’ in certain places
- Improvements to app notes. Notes are an easy way for you to keep track of your progress, general information about a version of an app, or anything else you need to take down for your own reference while developing. They now work better, and save your changes automatically.